These are not the best of times for the president or Congress. President Obama has now fallen to his lowest polling numbers in over five-years in office.
The latest polling numbers were taken by the Associated Press-GfK survey of 1,227 probable voters conducted Oct. 3-7, with a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.
The final report said, "Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them. It's a struggle with no heroes."
The poll found that 62 percent of respondents mostly blame Republicans for the government shutdown with the Tea Party getting the bulk of the blame. According to the AP, the Tea Party is a sizable and divisive force among Republicans.
In reference to Obama’s ratings, "Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, the poll suggests, with 53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it. Congress is scraping rock bottom, with a ghastly approval rating of 5 percent."
The report was published by such mainstream media outlets as The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and National Public Radio.
Rush Limbaugh was quoted as saying, "Today, Barack Obama's approval number's at 37 percent, and they are not (the media) talking about it. The AP story in which that poll result is announced has the following headline: "Poll: GOP Gets the Blame in Shutdown." They have a poll that shows that 71 percent of the American people are blaming the Republicans for the shutdown.”
He continues, "In the same poll, 50 percent are blaming the Democrats for something, but the media says: ''Look, 20 percent spread. Boy, the Republicans are really taking it on the chin for the government shutdown.' But the poll does not say people are upset with the shutdown. It's journalistic malpractice, except it's not because it's not journalism."
Other findings in the AP Poll:
- Sixty-eight percent said the shutdown is a major problem for the country, including majorities of Republicans (58 percent), Democrats (82 percent) and independents (57 percent).
- Fifty-two percent said Obama is not doing enough to cooperate with Republicans to end the shutdown; 63 percent say Republicans aren't doing enough to cooperate with him.
- More than 4 in 5 poll respondents felt no personal impact from the shutdown. For those who did, thwarted vacations to national parks, difficulty getting work done without federal contacts at their desks, and hitches in government benefits were among the complaints.
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